A World That Is The Chamba Camp In Thiksey! – Part 1
The Ultimate Luxury Camp (TUTC) is much more than its unmatched luxury – it brings you closer to the land and its people – way more than you can tell. An ultimate product of sheer extravagance teamed with unaltered authenticity, The Chamba Camp, Thiksey brings you a rush of exotic experiences. Read on…
Wake up to a dream
Into a morning blessed by monks
In a highland that stands proof
To His elusive genius;
Where breezy willow trees
Whisper yet another story
Entwined in luxuriant magnificence
An enchanted space
To cast away into starry skies
Flooding unique symphonies.
Come, pursue nature’s magic
And slip into an Arabian night
Amid silk-textured rock boulders
Layered over a starlit cold desert
Where sand-coloured Camps
Housing comforting foam mattresses
Flutters atop a mountain valley
In the greenest pastures of Ladakh.
Words By Jovita Elveera Mendonca
Gracefully tucked between Ladakh’s arid mountain-scape, a beautiful oasis finds you at sheer proximity to the divine Thiksey Monastery. And although the many luxuries of the Chamba Camp, Thiksey are well-known, not many are aware of the fascinating experiences they provide. Take a glance at the many ways that TUTC makes you feel like you’re no less than royals arriving from a faraway kingdom!
Here’s a list of experiences at The Chamba Camp, Thiksey!
1. You Choose What You Eat
Did you know that there is an organic vegetable garden at TUTC’s backyard cultivated by a local Thiksey community staff which has over 2 acres of land demarcated to organic farming?
Simply pick from a profusion of herbs, spices and local Ladakhi produce such as radish, carrots, potatoes, and varieties of lettuces.
TUTC’s award-winning chefs create magic in the kitchen with these freshly plucked produces. They make perfect flavourful dishes of authentic Ladakhi cuisine, as well as international delicacies that is sure to bedazzle you right from the first bite.
2. You Choose Where You Eat
Okay, now this is interesting! TUTC is known to go above and beyond and give their guests the best-most-unique experience that can be. So here’s to dining like royalty at the place of your choice!
A relaxing dinner on the well-lit deck is the perfect setting to spend some quality time. Children can also feed the fishes in the pond. You can also opt for an outdoor dinner with a live barbeque! From here you can get a thorough insight on Ladakhi culture as young men and women of Ladakh entertain you with a live cultural performance.
That’s not all! You get to binge at different locations on TUTC’s various destinations throughout your holiday. Be it lunch at the highland of Wari La Pass or dinner under the stars at a romantic setup in the organic garden – ‘you literally can choose where you eat!’
3. Feel At Home At The Chamba Camp, Thiksey
Each Luxury suite tent at The Chamba Camp, Thiksey is climate-controlled and has an each tent is spacious, comprising of a bedroom, en-suite bathroom, and a veranda. Also, the premium Presidential suite tents at The Chamba Camp, Thiksey in Ladakh features an additional wing, which can be converted into a fine, en-suite lounge or an annex room that can easily accommodate up to 4 guests. All tents have large windows that allows you to enjoy a beautiful view of the Thiksey Monastery and Ladakh’s dramatic landscape.
4. A Very Accommodating & Friendly Staff
From the moment you step into The Chamba Camp, Thiksey you are assigned a personalized butler who’d be at your service, round the clock. So if you crave for dessert at 2 AM or you want lobsters for your next meal – consider it done. That’s the kind of service you can expect at TUTC.
Did you know that over 50% of the staff at Thiksey are locals who strive to maintain the campsite with their in-built understanding of the terrain? The polite, humble and insightful locals of the Thiksey community who have not one, but many stories to share.
Even on a personal level the staff at TUTC is very friendly. Be ready for a grand welcome as soon as you enter the campsite. The staff is always smiling and you can count on them for anything that you’d need throughout your stay. They’ll crack you up when you least expect it and almost effortlessly make you feel at home.
5. Wake Up To The Chants From The Thiksey Monastery
It feels amazing to wake up to the distant chanting of monks bowing down in morning prayers at the Thiksey monastery. What bliss it is to sit on your veranda one fine morning and sip on a warm cup of coffee as you take in Ladakh’s beautiful landscape? Well, this is the kind of experience that you can get only at The Chamba Camp, Thiksey.
6. Your Campsite Is Another Universe In Itself!
The Chamba Camp, Thiksey is a canvas luxury located amidst a breezy thicket of poplar and willow trees, blanketed with colourful wild irises. Tucked in faraway from the chaos of the city, this little hamlet surrounded by the Great Ladakh Range and Stok Range of mountains, brings you to cherish nature’s bounty well within the campsite in itself with over 26 acres of private Green property.
The staff is a team of over 78 well-trained people who delightfully look after your every need. And in case your health takes a toll, they have an in-house paramedic and a medical inspection room to keep you assured. You have a Guest Relations Executive who thrives to make your holiday hassle-free and an In-House Tour Manager who prepares a day-to-day itinerary that is customised, based on your special interests.
The camp also has a reception tent, a lobby, board games for kids, an in-house library, bakery and a boutique offering handicrafts made by Ladakhi women displaying superior quality regional handicrafts, including tribal weaves, silver trinkets containing semi-precious stones, along with hand-made crafts and paintings. Awesome, right?
7. You Get To Explore The City Of Leh On A Heritage Walk
At The Chamba camp, Thiksey, TUTC takes you to the city of Leh where you can marvel at the 17th century Leh City Palace, located on the top of the deserted Tsemo Hill. Earlier the abode of the royal family of Leh, this 9 storied palace partially lies in ruins, Although, the view of Stok Kangri, Ladakh mountain ranges and the top view of Leh is simply beautiful.
Walk into the labyrinth of by-lanes of Leh City where you can bargain on locally spun woollen clothing, rugs, yak fur and yak tail and ritualistic items. You can choose from a wide range of Pashmina shawls, stoles and Tibetan handicrafts. A few scattered curio shops also offer traditional Ladakhi jewellery set with turquoise, jade and emerald. Leh town is indeed the best place to pick up authentic Ladakhi souvenirs.
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8. Relish The Peace & Quite In The Ancient Monasteries Of Ladakh
If you haven’t experienced feeling spiritually uplifted in the blissful silence of Ladakh’s divine monasteries, then sorry to say this but your Ladakhi trip is immensely incomplete. But that shall not happen at The Chamba camp, Thiksey!
You can choose take an excursions that let you visit The Shanti Stupa in Ladakh, Matho Monastery, Alchi Monastery, Hemis Monastery, Shey Monastery and of course, the Thiksey Monastery. At the Thiksey monastery, you will find the largest statue in Ladakh that covers two stories of the building – the 15m tall Maitreya Buddha located inside the Maitreya Temple.
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9. Spot Exotic Himalayan Birds At Changt Hang & Indus Watershed
Do you like bird watching? Walk your way into the birder’s paradise, Changt Hang along the Indus River at close proximity to the Chamba Camp, Thiksey. It’s a great place to spot a variety of India’s rare migrant birds including the White Winged Redstarts and the Black-Throated Thrushes. You might even catch a glimpse of the Rosefinch, Yellow Citrin and the Magpie.
What’s more is that you can enjoy breakfast on the banks of the River Indus topped with nature’s music – bird calls and the sound of river gushing? World-class food in the lap of nature – experiences as such give you a good start to a good day with good people in a great place!
10. Enjoy The Game Of Baltic Polo Once Played By Royals
TUTC arranges a private game of Baltic Polo just for you at 11,400 feet. Borrowed from its neighbours and adapted as its own, Baltic Polo first came to Ladakh in the 15th century when a Baltistan princess married the Ladakhi King. Ever since, no social gathering in Ladakh is complete without this merry game of polo ponies and riders.
Watch the game unfold under beautiful blue skies on an open ground surrounded by towering mountains. And of course, there’s food – delicious, just like a part of heaven spread out on your table so you enjoy the royal sport like royalty!
11. Indulge In An Exciting Session With A Ladakhi Oracle
Whether it’s for ploughing fields, picking the harvest, arranging a marriage or going on a journey, the lamas in Ladakh are consulted on almost everything.
Buddhists are firm believers in the influence of the spirits on the material world. The lamas associated with the monasteries play as a mediator between the world of the humans and that of the spirits. Not only do they perform the rites necessary to appease the gods, they also take on the role of astrologers and oracles who can predict an auspicious time to start work.
TUTC arranges a private session with a Ladakhi oracle where you can see them connect with the spirit world, right in front of you! The oracle will also give you a glimpse into your future, if you like. That’s pretty amazing, don’t you think?
12. Find Solace In The Turquoise-Blue Waters Of Pangong Tso
Head out on an exciting excursion to the world’s highest brackish lake (14,256 feet above sea level). The 5 hour drive from Leh to Pangong is just as beautiful as the destination itself. The drive is scenic, through Ladakh’s villages, rivers, fords and over Chang La, the third highest Motorable road (5289 m) in the world.
The Pangong Lake in Kashmir is a saline water lake with up to 60% of its length extending into Tibet. The lake acts an important breeding ground for a large variety of migratory birds like Brahmani Ducks, Rare black necked cranes and Seagulls during winter.
The best part about Pangong is its ever changing colour. Depending upon the position of the sun and climatic conditions, you can see this translucent lake reflecting beautiful shades of blue, green, purple, and violet. To just sit and be lost in thought gazing at this sparkling paradise is nothing less than a “Moana” fantasy coming to life. Oh, and don’t get me started on how beautiful it gets when the lake shimmers like silver on a moonlit night.
Well, this is not even half of what is actually offered at The Chamba Camp in Thiksey. When you glamp with TUTC, you sink deep into the land’s cultures, traditions and ways of life. With a promise made to give you only the best, they sure does live up to their reputation.
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